Weekend Soccer Preview
Alexis Sanchez has completed his transfer to Manchester United and is expected to debut this weekend. How big of an impact will he have in my weekend soccer preview? (Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It’s an odd weekend in Europe for soccer! The Premier League takes a break to make way for the FA Cup competition, where some true David vs. Goliath matchups will be the key fixtures. Other countries around Europe don’t present any appealing fixtures, or televised games for that matter. Be updated on when and who to watch this weekend in my weekend soccer preview.

Friday, January 26th

Yeovil Town vs. Manchester United – 2:30 P.M. ET (FS1)

In American terms, this is if the single A baseball team in the middle of nowhere Montana hosted the New York Yankees; but this is what makes the FA Cup so fun to watch! Yeovil will look to eliminate the big boys on their own ground this weekend. But United will likely debut their new winger from Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez. This would be an upset for the ages if Yeovil could pull it off.

Saturday, January 27th

Newport County vs. Tottenham Hotspur – 11:30 A.M. ET (FS1)

  • Similar to Friday night’s match, it’s another small town team against one of London’s finest. Harry Kane is the best striker in England and will look to kill the game off early to look forward to a huge matchup midweek with Manchester United. But if the magic of the FA Cup is a real thing (which it is) then who knows?

Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion – 2:30 P.M. ET (FS2) *Must-Watch Game of the Week*

  • Liverpool are fresh off a defeat to last-placed Swansea City, controversially after buying a new central defender to shore up their defensive issues. Luckily, 19th placed West Brom visit Anfield this weekend, so expect a bounce back from Liverpool this weekend with plenty of goals.

Chelsea vs. Newcastle United – 8:00 A.M. ET (FS1)

  • Chelsea haven’t been in the best of forms of late. But if anyone could rouse up the troops, the emotional manager Antonio Conte could. Newcastle recently acquired Chelsea benchwarmer Kenedy on loan, but won’t be able to use him in this match against his parent club. His services are needed, but it still won’t be enough against the Blues.

Cardiff City vs. Manchester City – 11:00 A.M. ET (FS2)

  • The final David versus Goliath matchup the FA Cup has to offer this weekend, and it won’t be an easy one for David because this is the biggest Goliath playing the best soccer in the land. Manchester City may rotate the side to rest some of their stars, but even still, they should cruise to victory in this one.